Overview of Quantum TheoryThe objectives for this course include: • Relate wavelength, frequency, and velocity of waves. • Define electromagnetic radiation. • Describe the photoelectric effect. • Connect particle and wave properties of light and electrons. •Describe Heisenberg uncertainty principle. • Connect quantum numbers and orbitals. • Define s, p, d and f orbitals. • Create electronic configurations for elements.
Before We Begin…familiarize yourself with the Moodle site and course requirements by… 1. Meet Your Instructor 2. Read the Course Syllabus 3. Review Course Schedule 4. Begin Topic 1
Online CommunicationSince communication in this course will be online, please remember thefollowing Netiquette Rules.1. This course will use Discussion Forums. These forums are open to all class members. Therefore, private comments should not be posted here and instead communicated to individuals via email.2. An effective email requires thought. Please take the time to read through your emails before sending them. If necessary, let your email set overnight and return to it in the morning with a clear head.3. Be considerate and appropriate with all class communication.
Useful Tips for Sucess✹ Study chemistry every day. Even twenty (even 10) minutes every day is better than cramming at the end of the lesson.✹ Stay organized. Organize the material that must be memorized. Make flash cards summarizing essential memory bankmaterial, especially the vocabulary.✹ Work lots of problems. You should try to do every problem assigned (and then some). You must take responsibility foryour own learning. Make sure you get to an independent level of problem solving before every test. Make sure showing yourwork is a habit✹ Always show your work. Practice problems the way that you are required to show them on tests. Include units with yourwork and always consider significant figures. For more involved problems, make a list of knowns, unknowns and any relevantequations.✹ Do not spend too long on any one problem. If, after looking back at your notes or examples from the text, you haventsolved the problem, you are probably missing something and further effort is a waste of valuable study time. Go on to otherproblems, and return to these difficult ones when you have had a bit more practice. If you still can’t solve it, ask for extrahelp. Students who ask questions regularly learn more chemistry and thus get higher grades.✹ Ask Questions. Do not be afraid to ask a question….waiting until later to get it on your own will backfire on you in the longrun. Post your question in the ‘Questions and Answers’ forum as it is likely that there is at least one other person who doesnot understand.✹ Form study groups. Teaching each other is an ideal way to learn chemistry.✹ Think molecules. That is, think about what is happening on the molecular level. Consider the particles on a microscopiclevel and think about the structure of the atoms involved. Chemistry is much more than equations. You will find this coursedifficult if you ignore this way of thinking.✹ KNOW THAT YOU ARE CAPABLE OF LEARNING CHEMISTRY. Believing in yourself and getting motivated are sometimes thetoughest.The scientist is not a person who gives the right answers, he’s one who asks the right questions. ~Claude Levi-Strauss, Le Cru et le cuit, 1964Adapted by L. Marsh from Cricket McCaffrey-Clark’s website http://mail.colonial.net/~cricket/chemistry/